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— 25 — available for each 40-acre subdivision of his entry, and one-eighth of the entire area must be under cultivation. He need not wait four years, and can prove up in six months if he gets water. A homestead entryman must reside on his land continuously for seven months out of each of three years, and make the usual improvements. After fourteen months' continuous residence he can commute, if he so desires, by paying the Government $1.25 per acre. COST OP CLEARING, LEVELING, ETC. The greater part of the Las Vegas Valley, in its raw state, is covered with a light growth of brush, which is easily removed by "railing," i. e., hitching a team to each end of a length of railroad iron and dragging it across a field. In the lower part of the Valley there is an extensive growth of mesquite timber, in which real "clearing" is necessary. But this timber is so valuable as fuel (it brings $9 and $10 per cord in Las Vegas) that it not only pays for its own removal but leaves a good profit beside. Mesquite also supplies the farmer with durable fence-posts, which can be had merely for the trouble of cutting and hauling. The average cost of clearing and leveling land is estimated at about $15 per acre, allowing $6 per day for man and team. The average cost of an artesian well is from $5 5 0 to $750, figured at $1.50 per foot for drilling for the first 300 feet and $2.00 per foot for the next 100 feet, with casing (generally necessary only for the first 100 or 2 00 feet) f. o. b. Las Vegas at about 65 cents per foot. HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD A MAN HAVE TO START ON? From these estimates, and what has been

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